DETROIT -- General Motors Co. has killed one of two crossovers it introduced two weeks ago as future Buick products.
The vehicle, a compact crossover based on a redesigned Saturn Vue, was to have a plug-in hybrid version.
"The Buick crossover we showed received consistent feedback from large parts of all the audiences that it didn't fit the premium characteristics that customers have come to expect from Buick," Tom Stephens, vice chairman and product chief, wrote in a GM blog Wednesday.
The decision to kill the crossover was made Friday by GM CEO Fritz Henderson, Vice Chairman Bob Lutz and Stephens, Stephens wrote.
"The committee decided to take swift action to prevent a potential underperformer from reaching the marketplace," Stephens wrote. "And we decided that the important plug-in hybrid technology would be applied to another vehicle, at no delay, that we'll discuss in the very near future."
The second vehicle introduced as a future Buick crossover, dubbed the "baby Enclave" by GM, "remains in the lineup," Stephens wrote.
GM spokesman Brian Corbett said the automaker still plans to offer the plug-in hybrid powertrain in 2011.
He said GM engineers are testing the powertrain in Saturn Vue test vehicles every day at GM's Milford, Mich., proving grounds and on the streets of Detroit. "Production-ready batteries are making their way into the mule vehicles," he added.
Richard Truett contributed to this report.